NEW YORK (

TheStreet

)

-- PCTEL

(Nasdaq:

PCTI

) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • PCTI's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 5.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • PCTI has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 6.57, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • PCTEL INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, PCTEL INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.20 versus -$0.25 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.33 versus -$0.20).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Communications Equipment industry. The net income increased by 153.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.93 million to $0.49 million.

PCTEL, Inc. provides propagation and optimization solutions for the wireless industry. The company designs and develops software-based radios for wireless network optimization; and develops and distributes antenna solutions. PCTEL has a market cap of $130.5 million and is part of the

technology

sector and

telecommunications

industry. Shares are up 18.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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